Is There A Future For A Bipartisan Energy Policy?

Energy security and electricity has caused a lot of debate in Canberra in the first few weeks of Parliament. In quite a bizarre moment, Treasurer Scott Morrison whipped out a lump of coal during Parliamentary question time, waving the piece of coal around. The Government has attacked the Labor Party over its call to phase out coal power, claiming that it would raise electricity prices. Labor’s target is for 50% of Australia’s electricity to come from renewable sources of energy by 2030. Renewable energy has come under much scrutiny after the state wide blackout in South Australia after a cyclone in September. So is renewable energy the solution to Australia’s future energy needs? How can the government approach energy policy in a more bipartisan way? The Daily joined by¬†Lawrence McIntosh, Senior Research Consultant with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney to give us some insight into these issues.

Produced by Siobhan Parry 

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